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OUR MISSION:

We are a close knit, diverse, and welcoming Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, living the mission of Christ. Parishioners serve the Lord by serving one another through our faith and sharing the resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The Religious Education Calendar for September, 2019 through July, 2020 is available here.

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Help Collect Box Tops for Education for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese!    We shared 250 box tops just this summer!!  Click here for a list of products that carry the coupons, or pick up a list next to the donation box.
  • Lectors and EMHCs! 
    • The New Schedule for the period September 7 through November 28 has been distributed.  Look for yours in your email or mail.
    •  You should have receive the Guidelines for Lectors and Guidelines for EMCH, as well as the new Users Guide to the Master Scheduler Pro in your email.
  • Our social outreach ministry, SAMARITANS ALWAYS CARE (SAC)is collecting:
    • Food for the Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of the Valley.  Please place your items for those in need in the labeled boxes in the vestibule.
    • Beginning in September, we will be collecting new children’s pajamas and slippers:  newborn through children’s sizes 14/16.  Deadline for donations: November 6!
    •  Thanksgiving Food DriveBeginning October 26, we will be collecting the following: turkeys, hams,canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix,
      rice, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ingredients for desserts or prepared desserts.
    • If you would like to take a more active part in helping with the SAC projects, please contact the parish office and you will be put in contact with a committee member.
  • TRICKY TRAY – THIS WEEK!!  October 16, 2019 at the Hanover Manor! Tickets are available in the Vestibule! No tickets will be sold at the door.  We are still assembling the prize baskets!  If you would like to donate new items and gift cards for use as prizes, please drop them off in the Parish Office with a label “For Tricky Tray”.  Thank you!
  • The Fall Parish Workday is September 19 from 8:30 am – 2 pm.  A sign-up list will be available in the vestibule.  We will be cleaning and planting.
    • We will start out in the Blue House at 8:30, where a complimentary Continental Breakfast will be available, and tasks are assigned
    •  If you would like to donate yellow or rust-colored mums for the property, drop them off by the hose on the west side of the church between Thursday, October 17 and Saturday morning, October 19.  If you simply want to donate funds to purchase them, leave your donation with the Parish Office, marked “Mums”
    • Bring your favorite tools:  shovels, spades, clippers, gloves, brooms, etc.
    • Complimentary Lunch will be made available for all our participants around Noon, also in the Blue House.
    • REMEMBER – Many hands make light work!  We always have a lot of fun – please join us!
  • Panera Fundraising:  Help Support St. Raphael Church.  Bring the attached flyer (or show the webpage electronic version) on Friday, November 8 between 4 pm and 8 pm at Panera, 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ (in the Essex Green Mall).  A portion of the cost of your meal will be donated to St. Raphael!

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are still working on our 4-year campaign to support the efforts of the Archdiocese support of our priests, our seminarians, our Catholic schools!!  This is the final year of  the campaign.  We have already received funds for our parish amounting to $35,721.15.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met.  Campaign Details

Sharing God’s Blessing

  •  The 2019 Campaign is underway – we already have reached 110% of our goal with pledges!  Campaign Details

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.